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Expanding our understanding of grief to include nature and the earth

Grief and loss can involve more than the human species. In this story Let’s Talk About Reef Grief, Marta Zaraska (Discover Magazine, May 2021) shares her concerns about loss as it relates to nature and the earth – in particular … Continue reading

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Where to bury the dead – future endings exercises the minds of more than cemetery operators

Some of the country’s best known cemeteries are at capacity and there’s a looming crisis over where our dead will be buried.  In this program on ABC Radio National, Julian Morrow speaks with three people who are applying some lateral thinking … Continue reading

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A progress report on VAD

In March our post referenced the situation in NSW where the state is running out of grave sites. Today what is a grave situation for many people is they don’t have the choice to access voluntary medically assisted dying. Thankfully … Continue reading

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It’s what you could call a grave situation

What to do when the land required for burying our dead starts to run out. To put it frankly, what we mean of course, is the land that we’d like to allocate for the purpose of disposing of dead bodies. … Continue reading

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Turning a blind eye to reality can get us into lots of bother

In A fraction too much friction, Samantha Trenoweth (WW, March 2021) asks, how dangerous are conspiracy theories? Good seemingly rational people can get caught up in the unrealistic realm that is conspiracy theories. Writes Trenoweth: ‘While no particular personality is … Continue reading

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YOLO

You Only Live Once, so the mantra goes. On the surface this may seem to be absolutely true, sort of. Depending on your worldview.  But a quick look behind the veil and a completely different reality may come into focus. … Continue reading

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Still not enough uptake for Advance Care Directives

Denial still seems to be the order of the day when it comes getting our end-of-life affairs sorted out.. This story has a good outcome, because the person dying had put in place the necessary documents to assist those who … Continue reading

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Choice at end of life

When pain and suffering become intolerable, the right to intervene to permit a more dignified and peaceful ending would seem like a no brainer. But despite most people agreeing with such thinking, our elected parliamentarians for the most part have … Continue reading

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Narratives are what we live by

This last 12 months the narratives that have stood us in good stead for many a long year, have been challenged in many ways – fake news being the most virulent example. This article by Adam Szymanski: How to Build … Continue reading

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A time for mixed emotions

Happy and celebratory times for many may be counter balanced with less than happy and perhaps mournful times for others. Dying and death doesn’t pay much attention to human invented events such as Christmas so it’s little wonder that there … Continue reading

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